Paul Annacone weighs in on Alexander Zverev sustaining injury versus Rafael Nadal

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Paul Annacone weighs in on Alexander Zverev sustaining injury versus Rafael Nadal

Paul Annacone said it was heartbreaking to see the Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal French Open match end with a horrific injury. What seemed to be a real thriller in the making, ended with a retirement after Zverev badly rolled his ankle in the second set.

Zverev had a 6-2 lead in the first set tie-break but somehow missed out on four set points as Nadal stole the opener. On a Nadal game point in 12th game of the second set, Zverev suffered the injury and that was the end of the match that lasted for three hours up until that point.

"It's just heartbreaking to see that. It was such a great battle, these guys were giving everything. Zverev did such a great job after a heartbreaking first set, I mean, no way he should lose that first set. Then he comes back in the second set, breaks Rafa, what, four or five times, gets into a tiebreak again and just to see that happen is crushing.

I mean, I think we're going to see him this fall playing. I think he will be back on the tour playing this fall and he'll be ready to go," Annacone said on Tennis Channel, per Sportskeeda.

Zverev underwent an ankle surgery

The grass season seems to be lost for Zverev as the German will likely be out for around two months after undergoing an ankle surgery.

"We all have our own journey in life. This is part of mine. Next week I’ll reach a career high ranking of number 2 in the world, but this morning I had to undergo surgery. After further examination in Germany, we received confirmation that all three of the lateral ligaments in my right ankle were torn.

To return to competition as quickly as possible, to ensure all the ligaments heal properly, and to reclaim full stability in my ankle, surgery was the best choice. My rehab starts now and I’ll do everything to come back stronger than ever!

I am continuing to receive so many messages and would like to thank everyone once again for supporting me during such a difficult time," Zverev wrote on Instagram.

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